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Demonstration of a combined heat and power 2 MWe PEM fuel cell generator and integration into an existing chlorine production plant

Objective

The project DEMCOPEM-2MW is to design, construct and demonstrate an economical combined heat and power PEM fuel cell power plant (2 MW electrical power and 1.5 MW heat) and integration into a chlor-alkali (CA) production plant. A chlor-alkali production plant produces chlorine and caustic soda (lye) and high purity hydrogen. The hydrogen contains almost 45% of the energy that is consumed in the plant. In many cases this hydrogen is vented. The project will demonstrate the PEM Power Plant technology for converting the hydrogen into electricity, heat and water for use in the chlor-alkali production process, lowering its electricity consumption by 20%.
The partners have relevant experience in long life high efficient PEM power plant systems in hazardous environments like a chlor-alkali plant.
The PEM power plant will be fully integrated into the chlorine production unit and will also be remotely controlled. The water produced by the oxidation of hydrogen is also used. To reduce the (maintenance) cost of the integrated plant special emphasis is put on the longevity of the fuel cells (especially membranes, electrodes and catalyst) and to lower the manufacturing costs. The design is optimized for minimal energy loss. Extensive diagnostics and data acquisition are incorporated to monitor the performance.
The demonstration will take place in China as this is the ideal starting point for the market introduction. High electricity prices (up to 2 times higher than in Europe), 50% of the chlor-alkali world production and rationing of electricity all contribute to the business case.
A successful demonstration will pave the way for the roll out of the technology, staged cost efficiencies and further self-sustained market and technology developments.
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Coordinator

AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals B.V

Address

Velperweg 76
6824 Bm Arnhem

Netherlands

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 451 140

Administrative Contact

Jan-Pieter Ebben (Mr.)

Participants (4)

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NEDSTACK FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 2 719 194

MTSA TECHNOPOWER BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 825 780

JOHNSON MATTHEY FUEL CELLS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 259 679

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 210 732

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 621256

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 524 200,40

  • EU contribution

    € 5 466 525

Coordinated by:

AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals B.V

Netherlands